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Complete Family Dentistry | Tooth Repair in Schaumburg

Complete Family Dentistry
1305 Wiley Rd, Ste 103
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(847) 843-1505

Tooth Repair

Are dental amalgams safe?

Yes. Dental amalgam has been used in tooth restorations worldwide for more  than 100 years. Studies have failed to find any link between amalgam  restorations and any medical disorder. Amalgam continues to be a safe  restorative material for dental patients.

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to amalgam?

Only a very small number of people are allergic to amalgam fillings. Fewer  than 100 cases have ever been reported. In these rare instances, mercury may  trigger an allergic response. Symptoms of amalgam allergy are very similar to a  typical skin allergy.

Often patients who are truly allergic to amalgam have a medical or family  history of allergies to metals. If there is a confirmed allergy, another  restorative material will be used.

 Is it true that dental amalgams have been banned in other countries?

No. Erroneous news reporting has confused restrictions in a few countries  with outright bans. Dentists around the world are using dental amalgams (silver  fillings) to restore teeth that have dental decay. Studies have not shown a link  between dental amalgam and any medical disorder.

Is there a filling material that matches tooth color?

Yes. Composite resins are tooth-colored, plastic materials (made of glass  and resin) that are used both as fillings and to repair defects in the teeth.  Because they are tooth-colored, it is difficult to distinguish them from natural  teeth. Composites are often used on the front teeth where a natural appearance  is important. They can be used on the back teeth as well depending on the  location and extent of the tooth decay. Composite resins are usually more costly  than amalgam fillings.

When is porcelain an option?

Porcelain is a natural-looking restoration made of a very strong glass. It  is used to make veneers, crowns, inlays, onlays or the artificial teeth in  bridges and dentures. Porcelain can be blended to match the color of adjacent  teeth. Crowns can be made entirely of porcelain or made with a metal inner  lining, which strengthens the crown. In certain cases, porcelain, which is  harder than enamel, can wear opposing teeth.

What other metals are used to restore teeth?

 Alloys. Custom-made dental restorations are often made of a combination of  metals, called an alloy. Alloys used may range from precious metals, like gold  and palladium, to non-precious metals such as nickel or chromium. Custom-made  restorations are durable.


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Schaumburg Dentist | Tooth Repair. Jeffrey Swager is a Schaumburg Dentist.